Leaders in Alaska were harsh in their assessment of President Joe Biden’s executive orders forcing vaccines on Americans who don’t want them.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy blasted Biden for his sweeping vaccine mandate that will affect more than 100 million Americans in the federal and private workforce.
“This is ridiculous and unenforceable. If there was ever a case for the 25th Amendment,” Dunleavy said on Twitter, referring to the process for removing a president due to his/her incapacitation.
To Must Read Alaska, Dunleavy said it is also unAmerican.
“If Biden’s goal is to split the country apart, he is a master at it,” Dunleavy said. “I say good luck — who is going to enforce this?”
Sen. Dan Sullivan said the president’s mandate was unconstitutional.
“This is unconstitutional overreach by the President of the United States, pure and simple. Individual freedoms and the rule of law are too often an afterthought with this administration, while broken promises are piling up. Last month, President Biden told the American people that “we’re going to stay until we get [all Americans] out” of Afghanistan. In July, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said a vaccine mandate is “not the role of the federal government,” Sullivan said.
“The federal government does not have the constitutional or statutory authority to mandate vaccines on tens of millions of Americans, businesses and families. We all want to put this pandemic behind us for the benefit of our health, our families and our economy, but placing these outrageous mandates on individuals, employees, and American businesses, which are the backbone of our economy, is another example of federal government overreach from this administration. I am waiting to see what the administration cooks up to justify these lawless actions and meddling in private business so significantly.
“I got vaccinated because I wanted to protect my family, the people I work with, and the Alaskans I represent and interact with, and I have encouraged others to consider getting the vaccine in consultation with their doctor. However, I remain adamant that this is an individual choice, and should not be mandated by the federal government.”
Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka said that a vaccine mandate is not the way to encourage vaccines among those who are unvaccinated.
“People should talk to trusted sources like their medical providers. Shaming or discriminating against people will not build trust in a government. Biden’s poor leadership does not fix problems. It creates problems,” Tshibaka said.
Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson called the mandate immoral and flat-out wrong.
Colorado GOP Chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown released a statement that also blasted Biden: “The poor decisions made by the Biden-Harris Administration continue to astound me every day. This latest decision is a shocking federal invasion into the rights of both businesses and individuals. Make no mistake – the Colorado GOP stands with business owners, minority communities, and families who deserve to make their own medical decisions. I look forward to seeing this forced mandate challenged in court and found unconstitutional. ”